⇓⇓ SEEKING APPLICANTS FOR 2 OPEN POSITIONS ⇓⇓


JOB OPPORTUNITY – SOUTH DAKOTA ORGANIZER

Dakota Rural Action (DRA) is seeking an experienced grassroots organizer to join our team. The ideal candidate will have three to five years grassroots organizing experience with a community led organization that centers relations and base-building or related experience.


 Other important experience includes:

  • Campaign experience. Specifically involvement in a grassroots led campaign focused on changing a policy at the local, state or federal level.
  • Grassroots fundraising. Specifically asking people to join and support an organization.
  • Leadership development
  • Facilitation skills
  • Ability to work effectively in networks and coalitions
  • Excellent writing, speaking and interpersonal communications skills
  • Skilled in group dynamics and group decision-making process
  • Excited about meeting and working with new people
  • Knowledge of South Dakota and or rural spaces and its people a plus
  • A strategic thinker and planner
  • Someone who can motivate people to take action
  • Must be a team player
  • Driven by a strong sense of justice and understanding of racial equity

Whoever is hired will have the opportunity to work with staff and members of a fast growing grassroots organization working in South Dakota. DRA’s portfolio of work includes local and regional food systems, fighting pipelines, extractive energy projects and policy, hard rock mining, supporting family farmers and ranchers, working to train beginning farmers and food entrepreneurs while fighting factory and industrial agriculture via a theory of change dependent on community leadership. Dakota Rural Action stands in solidarity for social and racial justice. This position is based in Rapid City, SD. This is a full time position.


Compensation and Hiring date:

  • Starting salary is $45,000 and depends on experience. Employment includes generous benefits; 401K, paid holiday, vacation and sick time, wellness package (health, dental, and vision).
  • Priority start date April, 2022

Apply: 

Send resume, writing sample, and three references to Frank James, Director, PO Box 549, Brookings, SD 57006, fejames@dakotarural.org, 605.697.5204. If you have any questions please contact Dakota Rural Action.

Application deadline: 

Applications reviewed on a rolling basis until position filled, applying immediately encouraged.


JOB OPPORTUNITY – SOUTH DAKOTA ENTRY LEVEL ORGANIZER

Dakota Rural Action (DRA) is searching for an entry level community organizer to join our team. This position will be located in the Black Hills. DRA’s portfolio of work includes local and regional food systems, fighting pipelines and extractive energy projects, fighting polluting hard rock mining expansions, supporting farmers and ranchers, working to train beginning farmers and food entrepreneurs and fighting factory and industrial agriculture. Dakota Rural Action stands in solidarity for Social and Racial Justice. This is a full time position.


This organizer’s work plan may include some of the following:

  • Lead staff person for a statewide issue committee
    • Building committee membership
    • Schedule and facilitate committee meetings and calls. Working with other DRA staff and Committee leadership to develop agendas and work plans.
    • Work with the Committee to develop issue campaigns.
    • Help Committee leadership manage, advance and adjust the campaign plan.
    • Working directly with allied organizations in the community, on state level and national levels who are working on the issues of the statewide committee.
  • Build DRA membership and base of support.
    • Directly asking people to join and/or donate to Dakota Rural Action and help build a grassroots base of support through activities like:
    • Sign in sheets
    • Social media
    • Asking for member prospects, and other approaches
  • Lead Staff person for a local DRA Chapter
    • Build chapter membership
    • Work with chapter members and leaders to develop local chapter issues and campaign plans.
    • Encourage chapter members to participate in DRA’s statewide issue committees.
    • Build chapter leadership for the chapter and for the statewide organization including new leaders who will move into leadership positions.
    • Help ensure good communication between chapter leadership and members, the board of directors, the rest of the DRA staff and other chapters and committees.

Qualifications:

  • Have completed a four-year degree OR have equivalent experience
  • Be familiar with basic software, such as Microsoft Office, Adobe products, and Google platforms. Must be comfortable navigating the internet and handling administrative tasks (creating basic promotional materials, making phone calls and conducting meetings, for example)
  • Ability to work effectively in networks and coalitions
  • Excellent writing, speaking and interpersonal communications skills
  • Skilled in group dynamics and group decision-making process
  • Excited about meeting and working with new people
  • Knowledge of South Dakota and its people a plus
  • A strategic thinker and planner
  • Someone who can motivate people to take action
  • Must have a driver’s license and be able to drive
  • Possession of personal vehicle is helpful, but not necessary
  • Must be a team player
  • Driven by a strong sense of justice and understanding of racial equity

Salary and Hiring date:

  • Starting salary is $37,000+ and depends on experience. Generous benefits included; 401K, paid holiday, vacation and sick time, wellness package (health, dental, and vision).
  • Priority start date April, 2022

Apply:

Send resume, writing sample, and three references to Frank James, Director, PO Box 549, Brookings, SD 57006, fejames@dakotarural.org, 605.697.5204. If you have any questions please contact Dakota Rural Action.

Application deadline:

Open until filled, applying immediately encouraged. We’re looking for someone who can start as soon as possible.


Dakota Rural Action (DRA) organizes people and builds leadership while developing strong allied relationships. We protect environmental resources, advocate for resilient agriculture systems, and empower people to create policy change that strengthens their communities and cultures.

We envision an active and engaged membership promoting healthy, beautiful, and just food, agriculture, and energy systems that protect clean air, water, and soil for all the current and future inhabitants of South Dakota.